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The disease which is turning British cats into living robots
Mail Online ^ | April 16, 2012 | Fiona Macrae

Posted on 04/19/2012 12:00:56 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert

Cats are being struck down by a mystery disease that turns them into 'living robots'.

Their legs become rigid, giving them an odd, stiff gait, their personality changes and their tail stiffens and sticks out.

There is no known treatment or cure. The symptoms become progressively worse and the animals are put down when their suffering becomes too much.

The condition has baffled vets, as tests for numerous viruses have come back negative. Their best guess is that the pets caught the disease while out hunting.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; disease; kittydisease; kittyping; robot; robotkitties; uk
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More info and pictures of a stricken "robot kitty" at link.

1 posted on 04/19/2012 12:01:00 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert; Slings and Arrows
,p>
2 posted on 04/19/2012 12:17:22 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Eek. I love my cats. I would be desolate if this happened to any of mine. Fortunately, none of them hunt.


3 posted on 04/19/2012 12:20:29 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: shibumi

Oh, man! That pic is disturbing. lol


4 posted on 04/19/2012 12:22:11 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

It’s likely a parasite.

Parasites are known to change the personality and behavioral changes.


5 posted on 04/19/2012 12:33:08 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: shibumi; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...
I wonder if it's some kind of prion disease, like BSE?


6 posted on 04/19/2012 12:33:47 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert; Slings and Arrows

Poor kitties!


7 posted on 04/19/2012 12:36:46 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Some poster here once posted the thought that Toxoplasmosis could be responsible for left-wing idiocy...

I kind of liked that idea.

As you may well know, toxoplasmosis is spread through cat feces and when rats or mice catch it, it makes them seek out cats as they find the smell of cat urine very attractive. This results in them getting killed and eaten by the cat which then picks up the disease and spreads it forever after via its feces.

Millions of people are infected with this pathogen and we do not know the effect, since the pathogen changes the brain activity of mice and rats to become irrational, perhaps it could have an irrational influence on human behavior...

It would be interesting for someone to do a psychological profile on people carrying taxoplasmosis.


8 posted on 04/19/2012 1:06:00 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Jonty30
prions? Something related to the spongiform encaphalopathies like "Mad Cow" or CJT?

IIRC, there was a fast-acting variant in the UK that some humans got.

9 posted on 04/19/2012 1:08:51 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
It's late. "encaphalopathies"="encephalopathies"

Sheesh!

10 posted on 04/19/2012 1:10:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Cats are evil and should be exterminated from human society.

http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2008/10/toxoplasma_the_brain_parasite_that_influences_human_culture.php

http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/3/757.full

This would explain why men hate cats.


11 posted on 04/19/2012 1:11:29 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Monty Python - ‘Confuse a Cat’ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvhdWBBuBpA


12 posted on 04/19/2012 1:17:14 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Bon mots

Is this what happened to Romney?


13 posted on 04/19/2012 1:30:26 AM PDT by muawiyah (ue)
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To: Bon mots
This would explain why men hate cats.

Hmmm. I'm a man. I have two catz that I love.

/johnny

14 posted on 04/19/2012 12:16:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Bon mots

Men who don’t like cats should be exterminated from society. I would love that..


15 posted on 04/19/2012 12:17:55 PM PDT by Fawn (This site is soooooo sloooooowwwwww)
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To: Bon mots

Not all men hate cats just the ones who are not nice.


16 posted on 04/19/2012 12:26:07 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert
Add title here Pictures, Images and Photos
17 posted on 04/19/2012 12:26:54 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Mad Cat disease?


18 posted on 04/19/2012 12:31:28 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: shibumi

Poor things...I hope they find a cure before it becomes too widespread.....


19 posted on 04/19/2012 12:36:05 PM PDT by Fawn (This site is soooooo sloooooowwwwww)
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To: arthurus

Rage Virus in the making?


20 posted on 04/19/2012 12:38:56 PM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: Bon mots
The only men (and women) I've known who hate cats are on the internet, and they don't seem like very pleasant people in general.

Ignorant people in the Middle Ages believed cats to be evil. They tried to exterminate cats and got the Black Death as a result, as there were less cats around to control the disease spreading rodent population.

21 posted on 04/19/2012 1:00:27 PM PDT by Route797
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

When “Mad Cow” disease broke in England, many of the animals went to rendering plants that also made pet food. This included pigs and cattle. It is not inconceivable that a prion is responsible for the “disease”. Toxoplasmosis or another parasite is also a high possibility. Just in the last ten years, several neurological affecting single celled parasites have been identified as pathogens in the veterinary field.


22 posted on 04/19/2012 1:05:55 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Slings and Arrows
Oh great. Yet another scary bunch of stuff to worry about, as if there weren't enough crazy-making stories out there already.   Sigh...
23 posted on 04/19/2012 1:15:10 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Bon mots

Toxoplasmosis can also cause of premature births:

http://phys.org/news/2010-10-prenatal-treatment-congenital-toxoplasmosis-brain.html

There is also a correlation with schizophrenia.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-04-links-strains-common-parasite-severe.html

The infection rate in the UK population is only 7% whereas 61% are infected in Brazil. The strain in Brazil is slightly different and possibly causes worse symptoms in the infected person.

The US rate is 25% - - coincidentally the same percentage that is hardcore left. Not saying there’s a connection but it would be extremely interesting to see a study examine what the makeup of that 25% in the US is in terms of Democrat vs. Republican party affiliation.


24 posted on 04/19/2012 11:31:55 AM PDT by Blado (Go Newt! The only conservative left in the game!)
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To: Blado
SO what....you can die and get deathly sick from bird poop. They carry and bring over 60 diseases to your back yard.
25 posted on 04/19/2012 11:46:35 AM PDT by Fawn (This site is soooooo sloooooowwwwww)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Mad Cow Disease?


26 posted on 04/19/2012 12:08:40 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Beware of people who don't like cats. -- Irish proverb.)
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To: Fawn
Hey don't get me wrong, I like cats (and birds too - if they don't bite).

But the big news here is that such huge percentages of the world's population are infected by Toxoplasmosa gondii and that it effects human behavior to the point that it may be a significant determining factor in the cultural differences between national cultures. Furthermore 1% of the population suffers from schizophrenia - a truly devastating disease.

27 posted on 04/19/2012 12:15:48 PM PDT by Blado (Go Newt! The only conservative left in the game!)
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To: Blado

There are many causes of schizo....some genetic. Should we try to eliminate all the carriers too?


28 posted on 04/19/2012 12:57:17 PM PDT by Fawn (This site is soooooo sloooooowwwwww)
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To: Fawn
There are many causes of schizo....some genetic. Should we try to eliminate all the carriers too?

If we did that, then where would PJ and Charles get material for the DUmmie FUnnies?

29 posted on 04/19/2012 1:50:10 PM PDT by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert
Robotic cats ...

... think of the possibilities ...

30 posted on 04/19/2012 2:03:25 PM PDT by x
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To: TheOldLady

FWIW, I’m not expending too much worry on this one - none of my cats has been near Scotland.


31 posted on 04/19/2012 3:12:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fawn
Should we try to eliminate all the carriers too?

Moderation in All Things... except when exterminating Liberalism.

32 posted on 04/19/2012 3:15:20 PM PDT by Blado (Go Newt! The only conservative left in the game!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
It's spreading:

Now cats with a similar condition have been found in Sweden and Austria

It has jumped the Channel.

33 posted on 04/19/2012 3:50:28 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady

Better tell TSA to put it on the no-fly list.

(Seriously, the disease doesn’t sound very communicable. If I were a betting man, I’d say it was a prion disease caused by the cats in question eating a local critter.)


34 posted on 04/19/2012 4:07:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Their best guess is that the pets caught the disease while out hunting.”

You could be right about that. Me no like Prions AT ALL.

What seems to be a bad contributor to that type of disease is “cannabalism” eating your own kind. They think that’s what caused the mad cow disease, putting ground up animal by-products in the animal’s feed; and I read another article about a similar disease in some pacific island land (or some such!) where the victors would eat the brains of the defeated.

So, if you are going to be a cannibal, stick to the thigh meet.


35 posted on 04/19/2012 4:49:55 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307
So, if you are going to be a cannibal, stick to the thigh meet.

I'll make a note of that.

Seriesly, based on my limited knowledge, self-proteins that go prion would be uniquely suited to infect the species they came from, so there may be something to your hypothesis.

36 posted on 04/19/2012 8:08:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I got all that info from a very long article that ran in the New Yorker mag. when that was really a huge story.

I was very scared about it because ever since I’ve been a kid I would eat a bite of the raw hamburger meat when making burgers. I mean literally one bite, but still I was freaking out.

I do seem to recall that all those 6 or 8 people who died in England, or at least most of them, had all eaten meat from one particular butcher. Now I can’t remember if they were ever able to figure anything out precisely.


37 posted on 04/20/2012 5:13:51 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Ignatz

Where has the PJ been lately.......


38 posted on 04/20/2012 11:49:45 AM PDT by Fawn (This site is soooooo sloooooowwwwww)
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To: Slings and Arrows
(Seriously, the disease doesn’t sound very communicable. If I were a betting man, I’d say it was a prion disease caused by the cats in question eating a local critter.)

I'd have to say the same thing. Cats are like us, to borrow from Michael Savage, we re all products of our environment, heredity, what we eat/drink and adding into this, intangible factors like God, luck, karma and so on.

Hopefully, there are not too many cats susceptible to these prions and their numbers are only a few. Still, it stops being a statistic when you're (or you cat in this case) is the one.
39 posted on 04/20/2012 3:31:20 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Nowhere Man

No argument. Hope they nail this one down fast.


40 posted on 04/20/2012 7:52:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jocon307

Prions are nasty customers. Rare, thankfully.


41 posted on 04/20/2012 7:53:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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